Dogs and Halloween: Should They Dress Up?
Updated: Jan 15
Fall in is full swing, and Halloween is rapidly approaching. With many of the usual festivities of the season being called into question during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it may come as a comfort to dog lovers that those miniature bumblebee, princess, and superhero outfits are still in all the pet stores and costume shops like any other year.
But with them comes the age-old debate: should you dress your dog up for Halloween? The answer will vary from person to person, but the truth is it should vary from canine to canine.
The ASPCA strongly advises making sure your dog enjoys dressing up before wearing a costume. If he or she hasn’t worn one before, it would probably be best to start small and work up to a full getup. Perhaps deck them out in a spooky-themed bandana and see how they react; if they seem to be happy wearing it, you can go for the full-on costume next year. If not, at least you saved yourself some cash.
If you do decide to go for a costume, make sure it allows your dog to move freely, see fully, and breathe properly. Also, you should inspect the costume for any potential choking hazards before buying it.
If it turns out that your dog doesn’t respond well to being dressed up, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun of celebrating the season with them! Pick up a Halloween-colored collar or leash and parade them around the neighborhood on a walk (ideally before the trick-or-treating begins). Don’t forget to give them some treats when you get home afterwards!
At the end of the day, you know your dog best. Trust your judgement, monitor their response, and have a happy Halloween!